The city of Charlotte is diverse and dynamic, and one of the things that makes it this way is the wonderful selection of neighborhoods you can choose to call home. Each individual Charlotte neighborhood has its own identity offering unique characteristics to residents and visitors. Whether you are a young graduate just moving to the city after college, a family with children looking for a neighborhood with great schools or empty nesters looking for a place where you can enjoy your newly found free time – Charlotte is sure to have the “hood” for you. These nine neighborhoods are some of the most beautiful and charming in the city, so don’t be afraid to get out and enjoy them when you have time.
Dilworth is one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods located just a few miles outside of Uptown Charlotte. With its proximity to the city and its tree lined streets, this neighborhood is extremely desirable for those who want to be close to Center City but still enjoy a traditional neighborhood feel. Dilworth is within walking distance to Freedom Park, one of Charlotte's most well-known public parks and any given weekend you might see families out for a stroll to the park or around town. There are many trendy restaurants and wine bars in Dilworth as well multiple grocery stores and other shops. If you enjoy a neighborhood feel but like being close enough to walk most places then Dilworth may be your neighborhood.
2. Plaza Midwood
Plaza Midwood might be considered Charlotte's most diverse and eclectic neighborhood. The Plaza is the main residential street in this neighborhood, and when you drive down it you will find homes of any style. Whether you are seeking an older mid-late 1900's Victorian style home or a more updated bungalow style craftsman, this neighborhood will have the house for you and the great neighbors that come with it. The central point of this neighborhood falls on Central Avenue where a variety of colorful business and restaurants line the street and neighbors can be found shopping, dining or socializing at any point. There are many funky art galleries, tattoo parlors and thrift stores on this street as well as some of the best local restaurants you will find. If you live in Plaza Midwood or not, its a great place to hang out and see the more colorful side of Charlotte.
For those who like feeling the hustle and bustle of the city, you must check out Uptown Charlotte. With new posh apartment buildings going up each day, and easy access to amazing restaurants, museums and entertainment, Uptown Charlotte offers a city-living vibe with plenty of things to do. Uptown Charlotte is split into four "wards" so you have a choice of which part of Uptown you want to live in and what you want to be close to. You can find a high-rise condo or a neighborhood of townhouses all within walking distance to Center City, and if you work Uptown, being able to walk to work is an added bonus.
If you are looking for downright traditional, suburban living then Ballantyne is where you need to be. Located about 25 minutes South of Charlotte, Ballantyne is a neighborhood community complete with traditional style houses, large yards and the Ballantyne Country Club and Resort close by. Ballantyne Village is right down the road where you’ll find Starbucks, Harris Teeter, restaurants and other shops. Everything you need is right there, so you’ll never have to leave the neighborhood.
Wilmore is an up and coming neighborhood located outside of South End Charlotte near the intersection of West Blvd. and S. Tryon St. Wilmore offers residents the proximity to Uptown and South End but with a lower price tag. This neighborhood is a great place for young families who are looking to buy their first home in Charlotte or for buyers who might want to find a fixer-upper. Wilmore is close to many South End restaurants, breweries and shops which lets residents have a city living feel without actually having to live Uptown.
6. Lake Norman
If lake living is your thing, then you must check out the neighborhoods around Lake Norman. Located about 45 minutes North of Uptown Charlotte, the homes around Lake Norman make you feel like you’re on a permanent vacation with lakeside views and docks for boats and jet skis. Although it’s a little bit farther from the city, living at Lake Norman is worth it if you love to be on the water.
Historic Noda is known as Charlotte’s "Arts District." Noda is located on and around North Davidson Street and 36th Street, which serves as the central part of the neighborhood. At this intersection you’ll find many restaurants, shops and galleries that make up the center of the "hood," which is walking distance from the homes that surround the area. If you want to live in an eccentric neighborhood full of art and culture then Noda is the place for you.
8. Myers Park
Myers Park has become known as one of Charlotte's most prestigious and affluent neighborhoods. A drive through Myers Park will bring you beautiful, big houses, tree lined streets and long winding driveways. Large oak trees and more traditional style homes make the neighborhood one of the prettiest to walk through on a fall day. In the early twentieth century, Myers Park was home to many of Charlotte's textile, banking and utility leaders and it still remains a sought after neighborhood today.
Elizabeth was one of the original neighborhoods on the Charlotte trolley line and today the trolley still runs up and down 7th street into Uptown. Elizabeth is a quaint neighborhood with charming homes and a few restaurants and shops scattered throughout. Elizabeth is nestled in between two Charlotte hospitals and is a great place for those who like a quieter neighborhood with a few regular places to frequent.
Where do you call home? Let us know in the comments what your favorite things are about your own neighborhood in Charlotte.
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